Member for Kiama Gareth Ward has today paid tribute to the General Manager of Kiama Municipal Council Michael Forsyth who will retire in April 2018 after 27 years of employment with Kiama Council.

Mr Ward said that Mr Forsyth played a pivotal role in saving Kiama Council from amalgamation.

“Michael’s dedication and professionalism as General Manager will be sorely missed. He played an important role along with former Mayor Brian Petschler in saving Kiama Council from amalgamation.

“Mr Forsyth was also instrumental in the building of Kiama Library, The Kiama Pavilion and Stage 5 of Blue Haven Care.

“Other achievements include extensions of the Kiama Leisure Centre, the awarding of National Landcare and Tidy Towns Award for Council planning and environmental initiatives, and the masterplan creation and commencement of the new Kiama Aged Care Centre of Excellence.

“Michael has a very experienced understanding of local government and always sought to deliver the best outcomes for our local Kiama community.

“I would like to acknowledge and thank him for his distinguished 27 years of service to our community and wish him the very best in his retirement,” Mr Ward concluded.